The Bottomless Bin of Red Scraps

It’s been almost two years since I bought eight shoeboxes full of scraps (and a lot of big pieces, too) from my friend, Marilyn, who had to downsize.  For this ScrapHappy project, I chose the box of red scraps and made a lap quilt for the VA Hospital.  And then, since I had scraps scattered all over, I chose a second batch and made another!   The flannel inside the layers was also scraps from Marilyn.  And the pre-owned fabric I just got from Second Chance Fabrics was perfect for the backs.

I put them together pillowcase-style and did just a few rows of quilting.

Red lap quilt 1, about 40 inches square.

Red lap quilt 2, also 40 inches square.

(It has been cold and rainy here, I couldn’t take pictures outside, so I hung them from my bookcases.)

Afterward, I couldn’t wait to re-pack the scraps into the box, thinking that they would only stack up an inch deep and I would be able to fill the box with some other scraps that are currently stuffed in plastic bags, waiting for proper organization.  But the box seems just as full as ever!  It reminds me of the scene in “The Bishop’s Wife” where the angel (played by Cary Grant) makes the wine glasses magically refill.

Red scraps left over, top view.

Red scraps left over, side view.

I can’t believe I could get the lid on the box before I took so much out to make the lap quilts.


Thank you to Kate and Gun for encouraging our ScrapHappiness!  Please look at the other participants:

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn,  Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, HayleyJohanna, Joanne, Jon and Dawn